Understanding Live Oaks: Pillars of Culture and Community

GUFC presented its Second Quarterly Program at Bainbridge State College’s Kirbo Center on May 18.  Dr. Kim Coder, Professor of Community Forestry & Tree 20160517_161530Health at the University of Georgia’s Warnell School of Forestry & Natural Resources, spoke on the history of live oak and the general scientific nomenclature and biology of the species. “Live oak has played a great role in the founding of this nation and development of this three state region,” Dr. Coder says. “As the state tree of Georgia, live oak should be celebrated and recognized for its forests, unique individuals, and natural history.  We still have large, old live oak trees hidden along field edges, in native forest patches, and along old lanes. We need to find and record these symbols of long-life and our historic past.” Dave Edwards, Certified Arborist, Albany, GA shared his experiences in caring for older live oaks. Many thanks to Legacy Arborist Services for sponsorship support of this program.  We also paid homage to the majestic Spooner Oak, Georgia co-champion, in Iron City.

SHADE Magazine

SHADE-020416-cover-230X300The latest issue of GUFC’s SHADE Magazine explores green infrastructure and the stormwater connection and so much more.

The 2016 issue of Shade magazine, “Urban and Community Forestry – Mother Nature Meets Metro Nature, is available in both an electronic and printed issue. Get your electronic issue by clicking here.   Informative articles include “Green Rx for Health,” “Coastal Georgia Brightens Its Green Spaces,” “How Does Your Garden Grow?” “Green Infrastructure and the Stormwater Connection,” Where to Find $$ Help,” Designing Healthy Parks, “Conservation Easements Preserve Land Legacies,”and other topics.  Keep all issues of Shade magazine as handy reference guides.


2016 Annual Conference

bb2016 GUFC Annual Conference scheduled for November 2-3

Mark your calendars today for our Statewide Fall Annual Conference & Awards Program November 2 & 3 at the Brasstown Valley Resort in Young Harris, Georgia.

Paul D. Ries, Manager of the Urban and Community Forestry Assistance Program for the Oregon Department of Forestry and Instructor and Director of the Graduate Certificate in Urban Forestry program at Oregon State University will lead us with talks on “The Power of Collective Impact in Urban Forestry.”  We also enjoy talks by other noted speakers, breakout sessions, offsite tours, and our Excellence in Urban Forestry awards luncheon.  This annual event is also an enjoyable opportunity to see old friends and meet new ones who, like you, are concerned about maintaining Georgia’s green legacy and  helping communities grow healthy trees and incorporate trees into their planning and growth.  More details posted soon.

Thank you, sponsors and partners. Your support sustains our effort to provide innovative urban forestry education, programming, and resources in Georgia.

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